September 7, 2010
Get Your Shine On
We don't normally cover stuff like this at Portland Picks for Men, but it takes only a second to realize there has to be a plan for sustainability if we're ever going to free ourselves from oil. With the perpetuating Gulf crisis and the way Portland has always been open to new, green sources of energy, it's especially important to look at our power consumption. National Solar is a trusted company with a fantastic offer that will get us one step closer to energy independence... while putting money back in our pockets.
Here's the scoop: Current PGE and Pacific Power customers may qualify for Oregon’s “feed-in” tariff. The program allows us to participate in solar-power production that not only offsets our electricity usage and monthly electric bills, but the utility company will also send a monthly premium (basically, a refund), and participation makes us eligible for the 30% Federal Tax Credit.
So let's break it down. An average 5kW solar power system may produce enough electricity to sell back to the utility companies. A bigger system means there's also more electricity to sell. Although more spots (e.g. "wattage") are available this time around, the program's first run accepted only 200 homes, and sold out in 12 minutes! So it's imperative to get this rolling now.
If you missed out the first time, now's a great chance to get a free, no-obligation estimate from our friends at National Solar. Tell them PPFM sent you.
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